Mental Health

facilitating athlete wellbeing.

facilitating athlete wellbeing.

Everyone has their issues in life, athletes are no different. It may look like we live great lives with little going wrong. That is all people see, they rarely get to see the bigger picture into what is bubbling under the surface. Athletes are human beings at the end of the day: when things begin…

The Honest Truth: My experience of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).

The Honest Truth: My experience of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).

What is RED-S? RED-S stands for ‘Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport’. RED-S is caused when an individual’s dietary energy intake is insufficient to support the energy expenditure required for everyday health and optimal function once the cost of exercise has been considered [1]. In simple terms, energy expenditure > energy intake to a point where…

How Can Student-Athletes Build Resilience and Prevent Burnout?

How Can Student-Athletes Build Resilience and Prevent Burnout?

Just like 2020, sport can be very demanding and push us to our limits. Adversities, or any negative events, are inevitable in sport. Athletes may experience failures, mental health problems, injuries, homesickness and overtraining [1]. When dealing with these challenges, athletes are often told to just “get over it” or “move on.” We are told…

Body Image in Sport: I. Am. Fed. Up.

Body Image in Sport: I. Am. Fed. Up.

I. Am. Fed. Up. Fed up of hearing sports commentators discuss a professional athlete’s weight, size and body shape. Fed up of watching runners – and more importantly, friends – lose their way in the sport in attempts to achieve some sort of aesthetic or “ideal.” Fed up of hearing how scary sugar and fat…

Olympic Aspirations: but at what cost?

Olympic Aspirations: but at what cost?

A guide for understanding Mental Health and Thriving in elite sport The Olympic Games. A prestigious event in the sporting world that occurs every 4 years. It is logical to propose that every athlete in competitive sport dreams of one day participating. Those who are Olympians hold themselves to extreme standards, but at what cost?…

The Athlete Afterlife.

The Athlete Afterlife.

‘The Athlete Afterlife’ – how high performance environments allow a simplistic and successful transition to the world of work. “Guidance for athletes to maximise potential in high performing environments” It isn’t uncommon that athletes struggle to accept that sport doesn’t last forever. What feels like a lifetime of success is usually only 20 years on…

My Case of Burnout as a Former Junior International.

My Case of Burnout as a Former Junior International.

Featured Image by Alicia Barrett If you know me, you will know I try to be a positive person – easier said than done in 2020! With all that life throws at us we humans have to figure out a way through. Sometimes we can manage this alone but often we could do with a…

Dealing with Loss as an Athlete

Dealing with Loss as an Athlete

Featured Image by Henrik Enemark For the sake of being concise, I’ll start my story in 2017. That year was the high. I’d gotten married, I’d won my second British Masters M35 title over 200m with a lifetime PB, and then gone on to the European Champs later that summer – where I’d picked up…

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